icommit

icommit -Improved Commitment of Multi-stakeholder Collaboration Through Model and Interactive Training Development 

Context

Policy documents and strategies of the past years have underlined the importance of multi-agency approaches for preventing and countering violent extremism at the local level. Such approaches are based on the idea that we need a variety of perspectives and professions to tackle the complex and quickly changing landscape of (violent) extremism. Many gaps remain in the support and training available to build such local structures and foster the necessary cooperation.

The project

To arrive at more informed decisions on how to jointly respond to the quickly changing landscape of violent extremism, icommit is developing tools and training courses to improve collaboration between stakeholders involved in disengagement and reintegration (D&R) and strengthen their preparedness in the prevention and countering of (violent) extremism, whether right-wing or Islamist.

The project will effectively improve cooperation between security and non-security stakeholders and state and non-state actors across Europe, fostering holistic case management for sustainable disengagement and reintegration.

Objectives

The project’s main objectives are to improve collaboration between different stakeholders involved in disengagement and reintegration (D&R) and to strengthen their preparedness in prevention and countering of (violent) extremism (P/CVE), whether right-wing (VRWE) or Islamist (VIE).

Approach

Based on theoretical, empirical and practical knowledge and methods, which complement experience from previous EU-projects, icommit’s methodology aims to: 

  • Enable multi-stakeholder collaboration teams to define their long-term action plans and reach their own goals through training and mentoring. 
  • Support practitioners in their intervention planning and communication of case progress. 
  • Improve cooperation between security and policy stakeholders, social workers and civil society to foster holistic case management for sustainable CVE work.
  • Create a network of experts in this field to support cities in reaching their goals. 
Main activities 
  • > Development of a toolkit for social diagnostics and needs analysis for multi-stakeholder collaboration.
  • > Implementation of a toolkit certification course for non-security actors.
  • > Implementation of a training course for multi-stakeholder collaboration teams across Europe, composed of security and non-security actors, and state and non-state actors.
  • > Development of guideline models, factsheets, training curricula and manuals on multi-stakeholder collaboration in disengagement and reintegration.
Calls for applications

Paris, France, November 2022 – Efus is a partner in the icommit European project, which seeks to strengthen city-level multi-disciplinary teams across Europe that work collaboratively on preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE). 

Under this new project, we are thrilled to announce that two calls for applications to participate in two training sessions are open until 11 December 2022. 

The first call for applications is for multi-stakeholder city-level teams (cities, networks, groups, consortiums, etc.) working on preventing and countering violent extremism at their local level. 

> If you are interested in this training, then seize the opportunity and submit your application through the following link

The second call for applications is for caseworkers in the field of preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE). Within the training, you will learn how to use the DesistKit, which is a tool that will support you as a professional to strengthen the distancing processes of individuals holding violent extremist views or showing violent extremist behaviour.

> If you are interested in this training, then seize the opportunity and submit your application through the following link

Call for experts 
  • The icommit project is seeking multi-agency experts, trainers and case workers for the project’s expert committee. Here is how to apply.  
Consortium 
  • The icommit project consortium is led by the Violence Prevention Network (Germany), and includes the European Forum for Urban Security (Efus), the University of Bucharest (Romania), and modus | zad (Germany).
The role of Efus
  • Efus contributes its long-standing expertise in supporting local and regional authorities in implementing the strategic approach to urban security and crime prevention, and ensures the inclusion of such an approach throughout the project.

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Duration

January 2022 – June 2023

( 18 months )

Contacts

Violence Prevention Network: Sophie Scheuble, Programme Manager – sophie.scheuble@violence-prevention-network.de

Efus : Asma Kaouech, Programme Manager – kaouech@urbansecurity.org